It’s a numbers game



Looks like Backgammon, but we call it ace-deuce or acey-deucy (sp?). Dennis taught me to play when we were first married and lived in a cozy one bedroom furnished apartment in Pekin, Illinois. Cable TV was just getting started (really!), and we generally had better things to do than watch the tube anyway. Hey, I hope you’ve all had that much fun. But we liked this easy numbers game and still do.

It’s two parts strategy and one part luck of the roll, more when you’re on a streak. The board is four neat quadrants of six. The numbers on the dice may be moved separately–one piece per die–or together–both numbers by one piece. Doubles entitle the roller to four times the number shown and a second roll. Ace/deuce gives you the one and two, doubles of your choice, and a bonus roll. You move from your home quadrant to your partner’s and then roll off the board. It differs from backgammon because you begin with an empty board rather than with pieces poistioned on the board and the nifty bonus rolls described above. We also have no idea how to use the doubling cube that comes with the board. The directions don’t even help me much. It’s just not part of our game.

I love the rhythm of this game, the patterns of six around the board, the feel of the dice in my hand, the sound of their roll on the felt. I also love the competition with my fella, our focus on each other and the game. We’ve rediscovered the game recently, now that we’re alone together more than with others. Oh, and after 32 years we’re still having all kinds of fun. Love, love, love to you all.


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